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LarryG wrote:
Was wondering if anyone can tell me approximately how much (if any) drag is acceptable in front and rear brakes. The bike seems to roll okay, but on the stand when turning the front or rear wheel by hand it definitely doesn't free spin continuosly, and after a ride, disc seems a bit hot. Pads on all look fairly thick and brakes appear to be working just fine. Since I've got bags and all off at the moment, now would be an execellent time to strip off the calipers and clean them out as I've seen in so many posts here. Just not sure if the wheels should actually free spin or if it's normal for the pads to actually ride the disc. Sorry for the stupid question...heheh. Just couldn't find it in any of the posts, and don't want to disable the bike for a bit if it's unnecessary.


Opps...sorry...it's on an 83 A
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LarryG
Larry, as jackjohn said there will beslight amount of drag as there is no actual spring return on disc brakes. Seeing as you are checking with the load off the wheels there will be some drag evident. Now while the wheels are on the ground & being driven there will be slightly less drag as the slight amount of wheel flex & slight movement of thewheelson the bearings allow a little pad kick back. Also when making stops the brakes & rotors heat & expand then shrink slightly as they cool after usage.

Probably a better test of real world brake drag would be to ride the bike then coast to a stop.. At that time jack the bike up & do your spin test. Another way is to do coast down test. To do that, ride up to a normal speed on a level stretch of road then at a given marker pull the clutch in & shift to neutral,, then just see how far it coasts.. Then pry the brake pads back & do an identical speed, road, marker repeat.. If about the same coast down then you don't have significant brake drag.

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LarryG wrote:
Thanks all,

Haven't taken them off yet, due to severe thunderstorms here in the desert. Waiting it out. Seems as soon as my weekend comes around the weather goes into full alert and decides to deny me a sunny day:) got leaks in my roof.....ughhhhhh!

Anyways...Seems to spin for about one complete turn, so apparently that is what is normal. Still gonna take em apart tho, as it appears the calipers are gonna need some proddong to come off the rotor. I'm just such a wuss anymore about bikes it seems. Nervous Nelly due to the age of the bike and it's weight. Time I change out all the things that are unnerving about this bike, wheel wobbles, draggy brakes, forks, bearings and such, it'll be more than the bike is worth! The only thing that keeps me goin is the pics on the board of Happy, Smiling peopleriding around in the sunshine and logging thousands of mileson bikes as old as mine!.

Guess somewhere along the line when I wasn't lookin...I became..OLD. Was a time when I would just give the tires a good jerk a few times, hop on the danged thing, and just ride it till the little needle pegged, laughing my butt off the whole way. Well...I still kinda do that...:) but SOLO. Common sense has reared it's ugly head though, cause I SURE don't wanna get that girl that rides on the back that Icall WIFEup on the Aspy till I know she's safe and sound. Someday.

Thanks again all for the replies, you guys are the greatest!

LarryG
Larry, a lot has to do with how often & much you ride. I ride almost everywhere & almost every day (except ice) & I hardly ever look the bike over before riding. I just grab it & go. If something is wrong it won't feel the same or feel right so then I look for what is different. The more you use that Wing the more you will trust it.

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